Samsung to fight injunctions sought by Apple with 'all necessary measures'
Samsung will combat Apple's attempt to ban the sales of eight smartphones with "all necessary measures," the company said in a statement issued to The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Among the options available to Samsung are filing to stop the injunction, appealing if the injunction is granted by Judge Lucy Koh, and modifying its products to circumvent any bans.
Citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter, Tuesday's report also indicated that officials from Samsung have begun talking to wireless partners about "removing or modifying infringing features to keep products on the market if the injunctions are granted."
In a filing on Monday, Apple asked the court to bar the sale of 8 Samsung smartphones, including the company's U.S. Galaxy S II lineup. In all, the phones Apple wishes to bar from sale accounted for $1.3 billion of Samsung's U.S. sales during the first six months of 2012, documents disclosed in Samsung's lawsuit with Apple have revealed.
The eight smartphones Apple hopes to ban accounted for the lion's share of Samsung's American profits in the first half of the year. A total of 28 devices were included in the Apple-Samsung case, which earned a collective $1.5 billion in U.S. sales in the first six months of 2012.
As noted by AppleInsider on Monday, Apple's requests for injunctions target Samsung's best selling and more lucrative smartphones. However, the trial did not include Samsung's newly released flagship handset, the Galaxy S III. The iPhone maker has filed a separate complaint attempting to block sales of that device.
A jury determined last week that Samsung's products have infringed upon Apple's patented inventions. The jury awarded Apple nearly $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung as well.